I’ll never forget the first time I went to a Hibachi style steakhouse. I was in awe of the dancing knives, the egg toss, the flaming onion volcano – I loved all of it and I still do! Even the unique, rhythmic music created by the tapping of knives and spatulas on the grill brings a smile to my face every time.
I’ve perfected the technique of catching the tossed shrimp with no hands – though Mr. Hungry can’t be beat when it comes to the sake pour – he never misses a drop! It’s dinner AND a show – what’s not to like?
So obviously I couldn’t wait to introduce Hungry Jr. to his first real Hibachi experience earlier this year. Like me, he thought it was the coolest thing ever and stared in rapt amazement during the entire show. I had more fun watching him than anything else!
What I didn’t expect was that he’d love the food too! He ate the miso soup and even the fried rice, which blew my mind because until then he hated any soup AND any rice. It was definitely a dining milestone in many ways for him – who knew?
This meatball recipe is an ode to my favorite flavors from the Hibachi steakhouse. Since I always order the steak, I used ground beef for this recipe, but you could sub in other meats if you choose. The typical Hibachi veggies are represented by the onions, zucchini and mushrooms on the skewer. The sauce is sweet, salty, and comes very close to the flavors I remember from our last visit – you’ll have to let me know if you think so too once you try it!
Because I was worried about the meatballs sticking to the grill if I put them on the skewers raw, I pre-seared them in a pan just to firm up the outsides a bit before skewering. It worked perfectly and I had no trouble with these sticking during the grilling process.
After searing the meatballs, I threaded all of the pieces onto the skewers. Then I brushed them with the sauce just before grilling.
Once sauced, just throw them on the grill over high heat and cook until the veggies are tender and the meat is done to your liking.
These would be perfect served over my Coconut Lime Cauliflower Rice – just be sure to make some extra sauce to drizzle on before serving!Print
The Hungry Dudes also approved of this recipe – in fact Mr. Hungry thinks it’s one of my best meatball recipes so far and that’s saying something because I’ve got almost 40 low carb meatball recipes here on IBIH! Which one’s your favorite???
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